A "sexually explicit" scene was accidentally shown to adults and children attending a screening of Disney’s Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee-directed box office hit Frozen, which features the voices of Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. Well, at least that’s reportedly what happened at Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 in Pinellas Park, Florida. Now, first of all, bear in mind that "sexually explicit" movie content frequently refers to movie sex that’s anything but explicit. It’s just (sexually repressed?) people with lots of (kinky?) imagination, seeing body parts that aren’t quite there. (See also: “‘Nymphomaniac’ Shia LaBeouf sex scene photo teaser.”)
Anyhow, due to "technical difficulties," before Frozen was to have provided some Family Friendly Fun, the theater decided to show a Mickey Mouse cartoon, which may or may not have been Steamboat Willie, which may or may not have been properly copyrighted by Walt Disney Studios — but that’s another story.
That doesn’t look like Mickey
"In an isolated incident, an erroneously programmed ‘R-rated’ feature did start Friday evening in one auditorium at Park Place," Regal vice-president of marketing and communications Russ Nunley said in a statement. "Less than two minutes of this incorrect movie was shown before it was stopped."
In other words: After a brief moment, instead of Disney’s pathologically asexual Mickey, the Frozen moviegoers were treated to what may have been a (group) sex scene from Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, a generally acclaimed drama about AIDS patients rebelling against the (obscene, though not sexually explicit) drug conglomerates and their U.S. government stooge (the FDA). Dallas Buyers Club, which is currently also playing at Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16, has just earned Jared Leto the Best Supporting Actor Award from the New York Film Critics Circle.
And here’s the juicy (though way less likely) Frozen Florida Fable that has been reported as fact by publications that should know better (e.g., The Guardian, The Independent): The Frozen crowd may have gotten the chance to check out the ice-melting red band trailer (pure hyperbole, but that’s serious journalism 21st century-style) for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, which does feature one split second of what looks like explicit sex. (In all honesty, whether that blink-and-it’s-gone penis is real or fake, it’s impossible to tell.) Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin are the performing actors, with body doubles doing the below the waist stuff.
Whether Dallas Buyers Club, Nymphomaniac, or Pietro Germi’s 1966 comedy The Birds and the Bees and the Italians, screaming parents and children fled for their lives. (Okay, these stories can get a wee bit sensational. And never mind the fact that the Nymphomaniac red band trailer — which, by the way, is mostly free of sex, explicit or otherwise — lasts less than two minutes.)
As an apology, the theater management offered free tickets to those permanently scarred by the psychologically damaging "explicit" movie sex.
Wrapping this up, the Nymphomaniac story seems to be nothing more than a(n online?) rumor/joke that some have chosen to take seriously for obvious reasons. Update: U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has denied sending out Nymphomaniac‘s red band trailer to U.S. theaters.
‘Nymphomaniac’ red band trailer
Now, if offended by movie sex or sex in general, don’t watch the Nymphomaniac trailer below. But then again, let’s not forget that — much like Frozen — Nymphomaniac is a Christmas Movie; both films open in Copenhagen on December 25, 2013.
Besides newcomer Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf — best known for Michael Bay’s Transformers movies and recently seen in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep — Nymphomaniac features Charlotte Gainsbourg (also featured in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist), Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe (another Antichrist alumnus), Mia Goth, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot all grown up), Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Udo Kier, and regular von Trier collaborators Jean-Marc Barr and Stellan Skarsgård.
And just wondering: Has Pinellas Park’s Regal Cinemas Park Place Stadium 16 ever screened a Lars von Trier film?
Shia LaBeouf Nymphomaniac poster: Magnolia Pictures.